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    Default Project Pun Intended

    WTF is wrong with me?...

    Im 98% done with my 83 Tbird and Im already jumping into the next project. My GF of almost 4 yrs has been saying she is ready to get a new car and we spent a couple weekends out looking at rides for her but I guess Im just to picky because everything she found I shot down as overpriced,total garbage or I just didn't like. Just joking with her I told her she should just let me build her a new car and to my surprise she was open to the idea!
    Well lucky for me I didn't have to look hard or far to find the perfect car. Last year a buddy brought me his beautiful car to strip and convert into a nasty sleeper. Plans changed after I stripped the car of all its drivetrain,suspension,wiring and he decided to go a different direction. This left me with a beautiful empty shell of a car sitting in my backyard while he decided what to do with it. Well we talked and struck a deal and now this will become my GF new daily ride. Its a 85 XR7 that is MINT. The interior looks like the day it was build. No rust anywhere,power everything and straight as an arrow. This is a pic from before he brought it to my place.


    So this is where the project name comes from. My 47 yr old cougar driving a 32 yr old Cougar...see what I did there? lol

    Here is the car as it sits today.




    So its a real XR7 2.3t auto car but now all of that is gone now so I put the call out to all my buddies that I was in need a complete drivetrain and harness. Not what I planned but the best offer I got turned out to be the best I think. I bought a 90 LSC 5.0,aod,harness and ecm with 80k on them for $275. So it wont be going back to a turbo car but I think this is my best bet to keep her happy so I don't have to deal with all the teething pains of driving a 2.3t car daily.....and trust me nobody knows more about that than myself!

    So stay tuned for a sweet resurrection of a cool little ride!
    Brian R.
    88 2.3t Ranger
    83 TC gt40p motor,Vortech,TFS1 cam,long tubes,MS PnP,T5,8.8,17x9 Cobra 17s

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    Nice!
    1986 Mercury Cougar - 2.3T/T5 swap, TC brakes and suspension and rearend, 3" exhaust, 255 lph fuel pump, Stinger BOV, Gillis MBC @ 18 psi
    2003 Chevy Suburban Z71 - Daily driver
    2015 Chevy Volt - Wife's daily driver

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    Sweet!!!! Looks like my '86 before I got it painted.
    1986 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Turbo-charged 5-speed.
    Owned 22 years.

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    Sweet!
    Long live the 4-eyes! - '83 Tbird Turbo

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    V8 for the win !

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    Nice!!

    But, the LSC harness is intertwined with the ABS and air suspension system, you'd be wayyyy ahead sourcing a '86 Bird/Coug EFI harness...






    My other rides (that actually do run & drive)

    1969 Fairlane Cobra 428CJ 4-Speed << New 49th Birthday Picture

    1972 Comet GT - 306 C4

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    Nice.

    Going to need a shorter driveshaft as the Mark VII AOD is longer than the Mustang/Thunderbird/Cougar AOD.
    '88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Edelbrock 70mm TB, 76mm C&L MAF, 30lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, AOD with 2800 PI converter, 8.8 with 3.73 gears, 31 spline Traction-Lok, 31 spline Moser axles, 04 Cobra front arms, Maximum Motorsports extreme duty rear arms, subframes.
    '11 Focus, '12 Mustang 3.7, '17 Accord EX-L V6

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    Your ride looks great!

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    Keep us posted. You've got a perfect starting platform.
    84 COUGAR/88HO, 1.7RRs, performer RPM,700DP, equal length shorties, stainless EXH ,T-5,Hurst pro-billet, KC clutch, 8.8/ 4.10s, line-lok, bla ,bla, bla.
    71 COMET/289,351w heads, 12.5 TRWs, 750DP, Liberty TL, 9"/6.00s, 11.9x @112 , bla,bla,bla.

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    -Hate to see that happen to it, but hey, congrats on a super nice car. That car bounced around 4-sale on other forums and Ebay about 3-4 yrs ago, b4 i bought my '86 TC. I checked it out and it was as nice as you say. Hated the auto, but did like the car. couldnt come together and it kinda fell off the radar. I know you will enjoy!
    -'87 turbo coupe with only 740 ORIGINAL miles....
    -'86 turbo coupe, 5sp. Cali Car.......

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